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Satellite images of hurricane Sandy


As Hurricane Sandy prepares to hit New York you can see the full scale of its force via the following satellite images.

The new satellite views of Hurricane Sandy were snapped Sunday by the GOES-13 weather satellite and the powerful Suomi NPP Earth-watching satellite. Both satellites are used by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor Earth's weather.

Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy

As of early Monday Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 storm with wind speeds of up to 85 mph (140 kph) as it approached the U.S. East Coast. The storm was expected to make landfall in Delaware and New Jersey on Monday night and cause substantial flooding and power outages, according to the National Hurricane Center.


Save 10% on Car Hire USA until 12th March!

Save 10% on car hire in the USA with Dollar Rent A Car

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The offer covers all Dollar car hire locations in America including popular locations like Orlando, Sanford, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.


The offer starts from today (25/02/12) and will expire on the 12 March 2012, it will cover any new pick ups between and including 16th April 2012 – 13th Decemeber 2012.

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Orbitz Insider Index Top 10 Busiest Thanksgiving Airports in the U.S

This year, the Insider Index looked at the top 100 U.S. airports based on arriving, departing and connecting flights to determine the most and least busy for Thanksgiving travel between occurring between 11/23/10 and 11/29/10.

Chicago O'Hare International once again outpaced all other domestic airports over the Thanksgiving holiday, with 20 percent more flight activity than second place Los Angeles International.  Boston Logan International ranks third on our list of busiest airports, with the three New York tri-state airports capturing the fourth (La Guardia), seventh (John F. Kennedy) and eighth spots (Newark)

Orbitz Insider Index:  Busiest Thanksgiving Airports (1)
2010 Rank Airport Name Location Airport Code
1 Chicago O'Hare International Chicago, IL ORD
2 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, CA LAX
3 Boston Logan International Boston, MA BOS
4 New York LaGuardia New York, NY LGA
5 San Francisco International San Francisco, CA SFO
6 Denver International Denver, CO DEN
7 John F. Kennedy International New York, NY JFK
8 Newark Liberty International Newark, NJ EWR
9 Atlanta Hartsfield International Atlanta, GA ATL
10 Washington Ronald Regan National Washington, D.C. DCA

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US to charge £9 for Esta compulsory travel entry form

The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (£9) to apply for permission to enter the country.

The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.

It lasts for two years; people who already have a valid form will not have to pay until their current one expires.

The scheme was introduced in January 2009 but was made mandatory from January 2010.

It applies to all 35 countries with US "visa waiver" status.

Promote tourism

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation form, which takes up to 72 hours to be approved, gives air passengers prior approval for entry to the US.

It replaced the green I-94 card which passengers have previously filled in on their flight into the US.

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Most people who fill in the form should receive approval from the US Department of Homeland Security within a few minutes.

But British Airways and American Airlines are advising travellers to apply at least 72 hours in advance.

Both airlines have said people without valid Esta forms or visas will not be allowed to board flights to the US.

The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.

Martin Lewis, creator of, has urged people even considering a trip to the US to apply for a form now to beat the charge.

He said: "The security authorisation lasts for two years, so do it now and it'll be free if you travel in that time. Yet leave it for a month and you'll have to pay for it.

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Inside photos of the new Harry Potter theme park – opens 18th June

Billowing steam at Hogsmeade train station. Snow sparkles on the roofs of village shops, the Three Broomsticks Inn and Hog's Head pub.

Hogwarts Castle towers on a grey, rocky crag above a forest of pines. You can pop into Ollivander's Wand Shop or the Owl Post Office and enjoy three great rides.

The park features a host of technological firsts and stars of the films are brought to life with state-of-the-art holograms, robotics and live action.


Hagrids hut

Hagrids hut

Inside Hogwarts Castle

Inside Hogwarts Castle

Theme park gate

Theme park gate

Stars of the film visit the park - Robbie Coltrain and Emma Watson

Stars of the film visit the park - Robbie Coltrain and Emma Watson

The first Brits could be experiencing the Wizarding World next Friday, when Virgin Holidays starts special tours. The official opening is on June 18.
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